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Bay receives ultimate compliment ahead of Springboks match

You’re welcome: Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani welcoming the Springboks and the Wallabies.

Days before the Springboks take on Australia at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality received the ultimate compliment as Cosafa announced their intention to bring the 2019 COSAFA Women’s Championship back next year.

The COSAFA Women’s Championship came to a head on Saturday, when Banyana Banyana – the defending champions – inflicted their stamp of authority on African football by beating Cameroon 2 – 1 at the Wolfson Stadium.

"COSAFA is very happy with the outcome of the 2018 edition of the COSAFA Women’s Championship and in particular the support by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the response by the people of Nelson Mandela Bay.

"Working with a hands-on, supportive Local Organising Committee is crucial to the success of any tournament.

"By reciprocity we have no doubt that the exposure to and of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has been very good and this will be borne out by the quantification of this value in the post-Tournament Sponsor Evaluation report.

"COSAFA, South African Football Association (Safa) and judging by the enthusiastic response from an electric crowd on Saturday, the community of Nelson Mandela Bay, are all looking forward to have this tournament back in 2019,” Destombes said.

The continental tournament took place from 12 – 22 September largely at the Wolfson Stadium with a few matches hosted at the Westbourne Oval in Central.

Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani welcomed the announcement by the Secretary General of (COSAFA), over the weekend.

"We appreciate this vote of confidence and I would like to thank the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay as their enthusiastic support for women’s football sealed the deal.

"In the interim, we are the host of a much-anticipated rugby match between the Springboks and the Wallabies. Since we are no strangers to hosting major events, I am confident that we will put our best foot forward and deliver a successful rugby match.

"This is in line with our strategic objective to position Nelson Mandela Bay as a preferred sporting destination. We not only received accolades for the Cosafa tournament, but were lauded with praises for bringing the first ever Ironman 70.3 World Championships to African shores.

"I would like to wish our local hero, Siya Kolisi, all the best as he will be leading our national team on the field on Saturday. They will be carrying all our hopes and aspirations as a win will help their chances to end higher on the log,” Mayor Bobani said.

The match kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday.


Issued on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Media Management Officer Kupido Baron (082 780 2726 / 041 506 1500 / @kupidobaron).


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